The Daily Aggie :: 02/21/10

The No. 76 Aggie men's tennis team broke through against in-state rival New Mexico yesterday afternoon winning 4-3. It was the Aggies' first victory over the Lobos in 10 years when they won 5-2 in Las Cruces during the 2000 season. Like every rivalry between the Aggies and Lobos, this one was a heated battle. The Aggies won the doubles point with the Aggies' No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams defeating UNM's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. The Aggies' No. 1 and No. 2 singles teams lost their matches but the Aggies were able to win three of the other four matches to take the overall match 4-3.
NM State Defeats UNM 4-3
The Aggie women's tennis team was also victorious on Saturday as they defeated Lamar 5-2.

The Aggie men's basketball team continued their march toward a possible postseason appearance as they dropped Pacific 84-78 last night in a BracketBuster matchup. The Aggies improved to 5-0 in BracketBusters and 2-0 against Pacific in BracketBuster games.

Jahmar Young finished with 22 points, Jonathan Gibson finished with 20 and Troy Gillenwater added 18. Hernst Laroche finished with seven points but a drive to the basket with just 38 seconds left and the Aggies up by four produced a three point play giving the Aggies a seven point lead.

The Aggies shot a sizzling 63 percent from the field in the second half hitting 17-of-27 shots including going 7-of-12 from behind the three point arc. Jahmar Young had just four points at halftime but exploded in the second half. The Aggies also shot well from the free throw line, something that has plagued them the last time they ventured on the road to California. The Aggies finished the game 17-of-22 from the charity stripe.

Three of the WAC's four top teams earned BracketBusters wins yesterday as Utah State and Louisiana Tech also picked up impressive out of conference victories. The Wolf Pack fell 62-60 to Missouri State. The rest of the WAC did not fare so well as only San Jose State picked up a win in the non-televised games. Perhaps more alarming for the WAC is that of those four other losses by Boise State, Idaho, Fresno State and Hawai'i, all four of them came at home.

It's back to conference play this week as teams head down the homestretch for the final four games. Four teams, Utah State (10-2), New Mexico State (9-3), Louisiana Tech (8-4) and Nevada (8-4) have a chance to win the league's regular season title.

The Aggie women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Idaho on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies led the Vandals by nine points with 11:07 left in the second half but lost 60-59. It was the second time this season that the Aggies held a nine point lead in the second half over the Vandals only to find themselves on the short end of the scoreboard.

The loss drops the Aggies to 6-7 in the league and alone in fifth place. The Aggies host Utah State on Tuesday night and then finish the regular season at Nevada and home against San Jose State the following week. The Aggies need to win at least two of the three games to ensure themselves a middle seed in the tournament. The Aggies are just a half game ahead of Idaho but the Vandals now own the tiebreaker over the Aggies should the two teams finish with identical records. The Aggies have one fewer loss than Utah State but defeated the UtAgs in Logan earlier in the season. The Spartans are 2-11 in league play and just one win behind Hawai'i who is 3-11. The Spartans still have a chance to make the WAC tournament but finish the season with three road games.

The Aggie softball team lost a tight game against visiting Bradley. The Braves hit a two run shot in the top of the seventh off of Torrey Schroeder who had just come into the game. The first pitch home run into a gale-force wind gave the Braves a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Aggies got a two out rally going and pushed one run across the plate to cut the deficit to 4-2. With runners on second and third, Angie Ortega stepped to the plate with a chance to win the game with a home run, however, she was unable to do so, striking out to end the game.

The Aggies are 7-2 on the season and return to action today at 9:30 against Cleveland State as they continue play in the Troy Cox Classic.

The Aggie baseball team fell 9-3 to Gonzaga in a rain-delayed contest on day two of the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Aggies held a 3-0 lead before the Zags scored four in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead. The game was then suspended for four hours and nine minute due to inclement weather. When the teams retook the field, Gonzaga quickly plated five more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-3 lead. Neither team would score in the final three innings.

The Aggies' will face Missouri this morning in the final game of the shortened tournament. The Aggies' game against Washington was cancelled after the Aggies' game against Missouri was rescheduled for today.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's victory over Pacific.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs about Jack Nixon's 900 games with the Aggies.

The Sports Network recaps the Aggies' victory.

Aggie Softball
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps yesterday's loss to Bradley.

The Bradley athletic website recaps yesterday's loss to the Braves.

The WAC Softball Blog takes a look around the league.

Aggie Baseball
The Gonzaga athletic website recaps yesterday's loss in Tucson.

Aggie Women's Basketball
The Idaho athletic website recaps yesterday's game.

Gaylen Wood of recaps yesterday's loss to Idaho.

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